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A JOURNEY TO THE WORLD UNDER-GROUND. BY NICHOLAS KLIMUS
Printed for T. Astley . and B. Collins, London 1742 - [4],324pp. 12mo. Modern half-calf and marbled boards, gilt label, to style. A few trivial press and finger smudges, but a very good, crisp copy, neatly bound. First edition in English of Holberg's great utopian novel / imaginary voyage, first published anonymously, in Latin, in Leipzig in 1741. Holberg, an accomplished playwright, novelist, historian and essayist, is regarded as one of the primary literary figures of 18th century Danish and Norwegian letters. Indebted to mythology and Halley's late 17th century speculations, this popular novel in many ways established the now classic hollow earth literary convention popularized in both fiction and pseudoscience: Niels Klim falls down a shaft while exploring a cave and find himself in free space orbiting an inner sun. His travels in the inner world take him to a number of strange lands inhabited by intelligent animals, disparate cultures and, in one case, by animated musical instruments. Much in the manner of Swift, Holberg utilizes Klim's encounters to comment upon, or satirize, social, political, religious and economic topics in the actual world. Translations into German, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Hungarian and several other languages followed, with the text's eventual popularity rivaling Defoe and Swift and at least one imitation appeared in 1745. ESTC's collation does not call for a half-title. ESTC T91064. HOWGEGO H26. NEGLEY 576. LEWIS (PENN STATE), p.92.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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